Pope’s final message – go back to basics

Pope’s final message – go back to basics

Pope Benedict XVI ended his first state visit to Germany on Sunday evening with a call for the Catholic Church to go back to basics.

Oktoberfest visitor numbers stable but stealing more glasses

Oktoberfest visitor numbers stable but stealing more glasses

Halfway through the Oktoberfest, organisers say the visitor numbers are the same as last year at a steady 3.5 million people for the first week.

Investigators check possible NPD contacts to Oslo killer Breivik

Investigators check possible NPD contacts to Oslo killer Breivik

German investigators are checking possible links between the radical anti-Islamist who carried out the July massacre in Oslo and far-Right extremists in Bavaria, according to Der Spiegel magazine.

Bayern top brass come out in support of troubled defender Breno

Bayern top brass come out in support of troubled defender Breno

The curious case of FC Bayern Munich defender Breno, who is being held in custody on suspicion of burning down his own villa, attracted furious reaction from his team’s hierarchy over the weekend.

Makau sets world record in Berlin marathon

Makau sets world record in Berlin marathon

Kenyan runners claimed double victories in the Berlin marathon on Sunday, with Patrick Makau taking the men’s title – and a new world record – and his compatriot Florence Kiplagat winning the women’s race.

Post-war intelligence service recruited mass-murdering Nazi

Post-war intelligence service recruited mass-murdering Nazi

The fledgling post-war German secret service hired and trained a Nazi wanted for more than 90,000 murders, contracting him to infiltrate Castro’s Cuba, according to newly released documents.

Merkel luke-warm on Putin’s likely return

Merkel luke-warm on Putin’s likely return

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday that the likely return of Vladimir Putin to the presidency of Russia was a, “national Russian matter,” and that she would work well with him.